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Burnette, Residence, Sarasota, FL, 1949-1950 (with Ralph Twitchell)


 

"The Burnette Residence introduced a new abstracted quality of space and form in the firm’s work, probably derived from Rudolph’s direct experience of early modern buildings during his trip to Europe and made possible by the sophisticated use of reinforced concrete flat-slab construction. Walls and roofs are expressed as planes of the same material, arranged in various dynamic configurations. While impressions made by the concrete formwork had been left exposed in the Revere and Lamolithic houses, in the Burnette House all concrete surfaces are plastered to emphasize their monolithic character. Concrete roofs and walls are constructed of equal thickness, as planes expressed  independently of function, or even gravity, and all edges are treated in the same way- not even a mental drip edge differentiates the edge of the roof plane."

Domin, Christopher, and Joseph King. Paul Rudolph:The Florida Houses. New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 2002. p. 89.



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